Weekend Update: Kiawah Marathon, Challenge Daytona

Saturday turned out to be a GREAT day for a running race. The rain held off until the afternoon which also made for a better day of spectating.  It’s always a treat to be at a race where so many of my athletes are participating, and having other team members out there cheering with me is awesome as well.

We had some GREAT results in both the half and full marathons.





First Timers:

Alexis, kickin’ ass in her first half.
Holly, all smiles after her first full.


Brian, 6 min in the half
Missy, 11 min in the full




Other Superlatives:
Back in Action:

Jen coming back strong in her fastest half in 5 years, and Sandy in her first standalone half in 3 years. Both did great!

Liz, who convinced Alexis to do the half int he first place, also put out a great result.





Best news is that everybody’s happy!










Challenge Daytona:

The Parker family escaped to sunny Florida for the Challenge Daytona weekend.

Scotty, Emmylou, Lily and Pam all ran the 5k Saturday and did awesome.

Scotty left plenty in the tank to join his dad Steve in the Half Distance duathlon on Sunday. Unfortunately, the weather caused the race to be shortened from the full distance turning it to a 1 mile run, 20 mile bike, 13.1 mile run.  And apparently it worked out well for Scotty BECAUSE he got 4th overall male.  Overall.  And he’s 14.



And that’s it- another weekend of racing in the books. Great job, team!

Thanksgiving Update: All the Trots

thanks3 Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and yours had a wonderful day. Many of our team started the day on a healthy note showing up at Turkey Trots all over the country.


Missy’s mom, Missy, Shannon, Tracey, Jana, Kimberly, and Joelle spent time together as a group of our team family in Awendaw.



The Voyles family Kim, Kim’s mom, Lauren, and Kelsey represented our team in Colorado.






Pearce and his family ran in Tennesse.



Melissa and Team Mini-AMEC member Fritz also took up a trot in Tennessee.  They also celebrated a PR for Fritz.  Great job!






Dawn, Madison and Hadley stayed closer to home and ran in Charleston.  Team Mini-AMEC Hadley also PR’ed while Team Mini Madison opted for the casual run.


And while we are talking PRs… What makes these PRs even more impressive is the fact that they are happening at Turkey Trots- usually the biggest races of the year.  Dodging casual runners and large crowds make it nearly impossible.  Amazingly Fritz and Hadley weren’t our only PRs of the day.  Both Steve and Scotty ran their fastest times with Scotty knocking on the door of sub-20 with a 20:06 time.

And last but not least, Ken places 2nd in his AG at his race.

It was a great day of family and friends- hope you had that, too.






Weekend Update: Hellhole Gravel Grind, Old Village Harbor 5k, Sweet Tea 10k

It’s been a month since we had a big race weekend but as usual once we did- it was a big one! Check it out!

Hellhole Gravel Grind

This is one of my favorite races of the year! The Hellhole Gravel Grind is a one and two day ride and race for all levels of off-road riding. The most exciting part of this year was how many of my athletes came out of their comfort zone and raced it.  wu6



Darrell is my most experienced gravel athlete and he stepped up and did the 2-day stage race.  Yes, that’s 2 days of 75 miles of gravel- which equaled more than 10 hours of riding of the course of the weekend.  He did great and he’s probably already excited about next year!


Melissa raced the 45 miler last year and progressed to the 1 day 75 miler this year.  She loved it and I am expecting her to take Darrell’s lead and do the stage race next year.


Sarah finished as fastest female in the 45 mile ride.   Brian and Robin also did the 45 miler and had a wonderful time.  Both of them were on mountain bikes and Robin already has a gravel bike on it’s way.  I expect Brian to follow suit.

Steve and Scotty smashed the 45 miler on their new gravel bikes that they received literally  the night before. I don’t usually recommending racing on a bike you’ve never ridden but, hey, sometimes that’s just the way it goes.




Next year our team will have even a bigger showing as more and more of my athletes want to get out there. If you are looking to try new things I highly recommend riding off-road.  I mean, look how dirty you get.  How can that not be fun??








Old Village Harbor 5k



Joelle is FINALLY bouncing back from months of injuries and various weird mishaps and had a GREAT 5k- placing 2nd in her AG. She has worked so hard to get back to where she was and we are almost there- and will then blow past it.

Dawn is also killing it! We have been working really hard on getting her 5k time down and she is exceeding my expectations.  I’m seeing sub-9 min miles in her near future.  I am so happy for her.

Missy just happened to be running by during her 18 mile training run (Kiawah is in a few weeks!) and stopped to congratulate her teammates and grab a picture.



Sweet Tea 10k



Last but not least is Sam- our newest team member.  He crushed the Sweat Tea 10k- coming in 4th overall male.  We have only been working together a few weeks and I am looking forward to helping get him faster and stronger.  On another note, when he sent me the race photo I asked for I knew he was a perfect fit for us.  Welcome, Sam!

Weekend Update: Toughman Triathlon, Turtle Trot, Kiawah Kids Triathlon, Kiawah Triathlon, IM Chattanooga



As you can see from the title of today’s update we had A TON of racing this weekend.  We’re are tying up the tri season with much success.  As you start looking at our race results you’ll see what I mean!

Saturday brought us the Toughman Triathlon, The Turtle Trot 5k, and the Kiawah Island Kids Triathlon.

Toughman Triathlon satu

Team AMEC represented in 3 disciplines of the Toughman: Melissa in the Half distance, Jane in the Olympic distance, and Angie in the Half distance Aquabike. And ALL 3 of THEM PLACED 1st IN THEIR AGE GROUPS!


Obviously there’s nothing more to say about this other than I am so incredibly proud of them! It’s a hilly course up there and all 3 flat landers trained really hard to be competitive – Jane and Melissa spending time in the mountains riding and Melissa and Angie doing climbing simulation rides at TotalCyclist in Mount Pleasant.



Turtle Trot 5k

New team members Alsat2exis and Liz had their first race with us with much success.  Alexis PR’ed!

Robin also raced- coming back to running after a few months focusing more on her cycling did AWESOME! Really proud of her as well.

Kiawah Island Kids Triathlon

My minis Madison and Hadley continue to add to their triathlon resumes, both doing awesome in the Kiawah Island Kids Tri.

Both little ladies put out great times with Madison’s time putting her in 3rd in her AG.  These girls have so much grit and determination and I expect them to develop into great athletes!





On to Sunday….

Kiawah Island Triathlon


Man, did we have a kick ass day at Kiawah! First of all, as usual, we had non-racing team members come out and cheer for everyone.  This is why I LOVE these guys!!! Huge shout out to Kimberly, Missy, Shannon and Tracey (Shannon likes when I list everyone in alpha order) for coming out to support their teammates/friends.

Now let’s talk racing!! Since we had soooooo many people out there I am going to just list accomplishments and pictures…. kiawa1


Dave: 7 minutes
Dawn: 4 minutes
Jane: 6 minutes (remember how she raced yesterday too?)
Josh: 4 minutes
Sarah: 4 minutes







Emily: 2nd in AG
Jane: 2nd in AG
Ken: 1st in AG
Sarah: 1st in AG
Scotty: 2nd in AG (competing in 17-19 AG as a 14 year old, and first ever olympic distance)














As far as everyone having fun? They were all winners!













And finally…
IM Chattanooga



It was a tough, hilly, hot race out there but Sandy and Jana gave it their all.  After they cancelled the swim earlier this week we quickly came up with new plans and strategies for the race. It’s always extremely disappointing when these things happen given all the blood, sweat and tears that go into the training.  However, these ladies handled it with grace.

Sandy killed it on the bike – coming in 1 minute faster than our goal split time.  The run proved to be a challenge due to the conditions but she still finished strong in 10:28.  When we first started working together she’s was coming back from a serious injury and even more serious burn out and I have been THRILLED to see her come back so strong and happy. The sparkle is in her eye and she loves racing again which makes me happier than any time/ race results.



This was Jana’s first ironman and she crushed it!  She put out a very impressive bike split and then held on for a solid run.  She finished in 12:30 and I am SOOOOO happy for her!  It has been great to see her improve and do things that she wasn’t sure were possible.  I am really proud of the athlete she has become.

They both look so happy to be done.  Congrats, ladies!!!!


Weekend Update: White Lake Half and International and the Swim Jam



It was a hot one this weekend but that didn’t stop any of my ladies from kicking ass.



White Lake


Dawn and Shannon took charge in the International distance while Missy crushed the half.   And, as usual, we had other team members traveling as the support squad.  Tracey and Kimberly cheered, took pictures and kept me in the loop.




Shannon finished her season strong- completing her first international distance race and placing 3rd in her AG! She’s had a hell of a year- starting with her first race EVER in June and then racing the entire sprint series, completing a half distance and now an international.  Amazing!

Dawn is continuing to improve her season.  She had a great bike split this race – shaving 2 minutes off from the same race in the spring.  She’ll be taking the momentum of this race to crush Kiawah Island Olympic distance this coming weekend.



Missy had a GREAT race- placing 3rd in her AG! She crushed the bike- shaving off more than 30 minutes from her last half distance. The heat was BRUTAL and the run was tough, but she persisted and got on that podium.  I am so happy with how much her season has rocked.




We had a nice showing at the Swim Jam on Saturday.  Andreas, Melissa, Joelle, Melisa and Jane all crushed it and had fun while doing so.  Joelle and Jane used today as a final open water training day for the 12 mile Swim Around Charleston next weekend.  Jane will be completing it as part of a 4 person team while Joelle is doing it solo! I can’t wait!!!!